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Unformatted text preview: o Religion promotes tolerance, help and protection for people within a religious group. o Religion is powerful because it coordinates the work of many people toward a common goal. o By promoting group solidarity, religion also promotes conflict with out-groups. • Sociologists measure the success of religion in terms of their growth in membership. The relative moral value of various religious doctrine is usually argued by theologians rather than sociologists. • Charisma: Extraordinary personal qualities that can turn an audience into followers. • Successful charismatic leaders inspire miraculous visions in others. • To succeed, even temporarily, a new religious movement usually has a highly charismatic leader capable of attracting many converts and the resources necessary to expand the religion....
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- Fall '07
- Sociology, traditional religious practice, Group Solidarity, secularization hypothesis